XLR8r's Scores

  • Music
For 299 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Awake
Lowest review score: 20 Audio, Video, Disco
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 299
299 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Impressive in both scale and execution, Heartland succeeds not just due to Pallett's sizable talents, but his belief in his even larger ambition.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Jaga Jazzist transforms potentially icy sonics into warm, clever outbursts with apparent ease.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    After eight-plus years of releasing music, Junior Boys demonstrate handily with It's All True that they remain fresh, luminous, and highly relevant.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What's likely to stick out first and foremost on the 10 tracks that comprise Black Up are the beats.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's that attachment to the Earth that makes Clams Casino's otherworldly hip-hop familiar enough to reach any true lover of beats.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, Satin Panthers is an excellent new entry in the Hudson Mohawke discography, a case in which an artist stayed the stylistic course and improved on an already-successful formula.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The different styles explored throughout Carrier produce varying sonic results, but never fail to assure the listener that they are listening to one of the most emotionally rich electronic records of this year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The producer has undoubtedly severed himself from his past work, and in turn, put himself in a class that few hold claim to.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Hauschildt's new opus is certainly just as captivating and varied as some of his band's [Emeralds] best work.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The music continually jumps between dubstep, house, techno, and beyond, almost never losing its propulsive motion. That kind of flow--matched with top-shelf tunes from around the globe--helps make Pinch's installment for Fabric's ongoing series an outstanding and even-handed display of contemporary soundsystem music that won't likely grow stale any time soon.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    When the strings rise into the mix as the song comes to a perfectly timed close, it's readily apparent that oOoOO's patience and time spent growing as a producer and a songwriter has paid off tremendously.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With this album, Slugabed firmly asserts himself as a first-rate producer, having turned in a debut LP that is short on subtleties, packed with triumphs, and hopefully telling of a career set to only continue impressing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The music grows in richness with ritual, an evolution from the material scarcity and obscurity of Basic Channel releases.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Passion may be an ambitious record from beginning to end, but listening to it is a breeze.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Every selection here is strong, and though scholars may have heard the lion's share of these tracks already, this is a sturdy, enlightening gateway into a realm that isn't easily penetrable for those who weren't there.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dark Crawler is the sound of Terror Danjah hitting artistic maturity.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For those who seek out dancefloors in order to witness the unravelling of an electronic journey, this is one of only a handful albums this year to have delivered exactly that. Fewer still have done so with such distinctness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    From the patient and methodical moments to the flashes of light and energetic dance music, the producers always seem to be in control, and following the path they take makes for a truly rewarding listen.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, Heliosphere is everything a techno LP should be, an effort that's not only a platform for delivering established sounds, but also an avenue for revealing new sides of the artist's production abilities and imagination.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Without necessarily bucking the trends of today, Koze has provided a complete picture of his truly singular outlook on dance music.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Needless to say, for the legions pining for another immersion in the aesthetic, Fabric 69 is a worthy companion to the crew's 2010 full-length opus, Feed-Forward.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Immunity is not for everyone, especially those who come to electronic music merely for its club-ready, dancefloor offerings. But for those who listen seeking to peer into sonic worlds that might not otherwise exist, Hopkins has created one which is rich with gorgeous detail and worth fully exploring.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Saginaw's clarity of vision permeates his new record, even during the brief lulls when the music seems to be taking a break to catch its breath, and makes it a resounding statement in his musical career.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, Virgins only adds to the artist's growing legacy; it's another triumph for Hecker that once again strikes a resounding chord that not many ambient records can.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Spurred by excellent, challenging production, the record maintains an adequate sonic distance from its inspirations, and the bonus disc's excellent selection of remixes fosters a dialogue between jungle, house, and techno's past and present.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Minor complaints aside, Hardcourage is an excellent effort, and, if the crossover attempts prove successful, it just might be the album that gets a wider audience talking about FaltyDL.